WELCOME TO OUR WORSHIP SERVICE
Sept. 24, 2017 – 10:45 a.m.
Focus Statement: As Mennonites we are a people that preach and live into God’s promise of grace. God’s grace sustains us and encourages us to live as disciples of Jesus. But grace can also create divisions between people when it becomes a commodity that we claim ownership of. The story of Jonah as well as Jesus parable of the Workers in the Vineyard help to reorient us to a vision of grace that comes from the very character of God rather than something we earn through our own efforts.
GATHERING AS GOD'S PEOPLE
Welcome and Lamp Lighting
We light a light in the name of the God who creates life, the Son who loves life, and the Spirit who is the fire of life. Thanks be to God who unites us in our faith, hope, and life.
Call to Worship and Prayer
HWB 96 We Plow the Fields and Scatter
HWB 90 For the Fruit of all Creation
Scripture Reading: Jonah 3:10-4:11 – Leonard Klassen
Prayer and Offering
PROCLAIMING GOD'S WORD
Children's Story – Bev Unger
STJ 49 Rain Down
Scripture Reading: Matthew 20:1-16 – Helga Froese
Sermon: “A Generous Offence” – Lee Hiebert
RESPONDING TO GOD'S WORD
Congregational Song of Response
HWB 524 What Mercy and Divine Compassion
Congregational Life and Sharing
SENDING GOD’S PEOPLE
Song of Sending
HWB 355 Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us
Worship Leader ~ Bev Unger
Song Leaders ~ Rudy & Henriette Schellenberg, Marie Rempel, Gerry Sapinsky
Organist / Pianist ~ Karen Peters
PRAYER & PRAISE
Please pray for:
· Hildegard Adrian in Bethesda Hospital
Congratulations to John & Dorothy Peters who will celebrate their
50th anniversary today. We wish you God’s blessing and many more years together.
“Thank you for all the prayers, hugs and cards on the passing of my brother Henry Lepp.” Mary & Peter Koop
CHURCH FAMILY INFORMATION
Sept. 30 & Oct. 1, 75th Anniversary Programs will be livestreamed via SMC’s Facebook page. Let your family and friends know.
Beginning Sun., Oct. 8th and continuing through the rest of the Sundays in October, you are invited to bring an item for SouthEast Helping Hands food bank and Steinbach Community Outreach. The children will gather the items from you during the offering.
Gym Comm. Contact: Isbrand Fehr
Sept. 17 - 23, 2017 – Our giving:
Budget: $ 3,970.00 MCC: $ 200.00 Refugee Fund: $ 100.00
SMC THIS WEEK
Today, 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Choir Rehearsal in preparation for the Oct. 1 Anniversary Worship Service. All singers are invited!
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Family Volleyball
Mon. Sept. 25 6:30 p.m. Steinbach Mennonite Handbelles practice in kitchenette
6:45 p.m. Men’s Volleyball
Tues. Sept. 26, 7:00 p.m. Women’s Volleyball
7:00 p.m. SMC 75th Anniversary Committee Meeting in MPR
Wed. Sept. 27, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Choir Rehearsal in preparation for the Oct. 1 Anniversary Worship Service. All singers are invited!
Sept. 30, 5:00 p.m. Homecoming Choir Practice
7:00 p.m. Stories & Songs
Oct. 1, 10:00 a.m. Anniversary Worship Service
12:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Dinner. Please bring a large salad and large pie (or 2 small ones). Chicken and potatoes will be provided.
Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m. Steinbach Mennonite Handbelles practice in kitchenette
Oct. 7, 7:45 a.m. Men's Prayer Breakfast at Uncle Jake's Restaurant. Come and bring a friend! Please note that Men's Prayer Breakfast will be held at 7:45 a.m. in the Restaurant the first Saturday of every month.
9:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages
- Children meet in the kitchenette
- Youth meet in lounge (off the kitchenette)
- 20’s & 30’s meet in Room 115 (office at the end of the hall)
- Adults in MPR
COMMUNITY & CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Oct. 1, 7:00 p.m. Vespers Service at MHV.
SMC VISION STATEMENT
Steinbach Mennonite Church is faithfully following Christ in worship and service by making disciples, building community and reaching out to the world.
MC Canada Bulletin Announcements for Sunday – September 24, 2017
· How is your congregation adapting to changes in society? Culture shifts are opportunities for congregations to transform themselves and adjust to new realities. Download the short Covenant New Conversation Starter to stimulate your thinking: http://home.mennonitechurch.ca/winnipeg2017
· Volunteers needed! Mennonite Church Canada is seeking volunteers for the 2017 Special Delegate Gathering held in Winnipeg from October 13-15. Interested potential volunteers please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on this gathering, visit http://home.mennonitechurch.ca/winnipeg2017.
· Job Opening: Mennonite Church Canada (Wpg. office) invites applications for the position of Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. See http://home.mennonitechurch.ca/jobs for details. Applications are open now and will be considered until a suitable candidate is found. The start date will be arranged with the suitable candidate, as soon as possible.
· You are invited to the Grand Opening of the Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives Launch-Reception-Lecture, Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 pm, in the Archives and Gallery at CMU. The Archives is entering a new chapter of its life as part of CMU and its owning partners, MC Canada and the Centre for Transnational Mennonite Studies via the Plett Foundation. You'll hear about new ways the Archives is connecting Mennonite and related communities to their histories. Royden Loewen will offer an engaging talk entitled ‘Hoax and Reality: Climate Change and the Mennonite Farmer in Global Context’. Light refreshments will be served.
· Celebrate the record 17 Teams and 85 participants that have registered for Ride for Refuge on Saturday, Sept. 30! Join a team and/or sponsor a team or participant and support the mission ministry of Witness in Canada and around the world! Register at https://rideforrefuge.org/charity/mennonitechurchca or contact Jason Martin at email@example.com or (226) 747-1833.
· First Mennonite Church Adult Education presents A Persistent Theology; an evening series engaging questions of power, authority, and faithfulness in the Mennonite Church. The series will begin with a public lecture on October 18 by Dr. Susanne Guenther Loewen entitled, “Can the Cross be ‘Good News’ for Women.” A reading group will run subsequent Wednesdays. All events will be held in the multi-purpose room (3rd floor) of First Mennonite Church (922 Notre Dame Ave) and begin at 7:00pm.
Texts and information at https://criticalconversation.wordpress.com/.
· Featured prayer request from the wider church (to receive regular prayer requests, subscribe to PrayerNet at: www.commonword.ca/ResourceView/59/7507):
o Please pray for peace in Philippines. A recent report from Peace Church Philippines, led by Mennonite Church Canada Witness Workers Darnell and Christina Barkman, indicates that more than 9,000 Filipinos have been killed in President Duterte’s war on drugs. Meanwhile, the siege in Marawi continues (see http://news.mennonitechurch.ca/colouring-therapy-traumatized-children-marawi for more information), as does Martial Law in Mindanao, where Witness Workers Dann and Joji Pantoja are situated.
MC Manitoba Announcements
Mennonite Church Manitoba is accepting applications for the position of Associate Program Director of Camping Ministries (APD). The APD oversees all aspects of our summer and winter programs and provides on-going support and training to all summer program staff and volunteers. This is a 1.0 fte position. The application deadline is September 21, 2017. For more information please visit our “News” page at www.campswithmeaning.org.
Camp Assiniboia Square Dance and Pie Spectacular Fundraiser. September 30, 6:30-9:00pm in the barn at Camp Assiniboia. No dancing skills required. Bring your family and extra toonies for the pie walk... If you can make or donate a pie, please contact Jesse at 204-895-2267. Check campswithmeaning.org, News for more info.
Camp Moose Lake: Come celebrate the ministry, come say good-bye. Today at Camp Moose Lake. Worship and reminiscing start at 2:30pm, BBQ supper, stay as late as you need. No RSVP necessary. More info at www.mennochurch.mb.ca
Camp Koinonia is currently seeking volunteer camp caretakers. Looking for a couple to live at Camp Koinonia from November thru May. Duties could include snow removal, cooking, cleaning and general maintenance of facilities. Some employment opportunities are also available. Housing and some meals are included. For more information please contact Matthew Heide at 204-534-8268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
October 14 & 15 - All are invited to join Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship 50th anniversary celebrations. (14) Saturday evening celebration of arts & coffee house begins at 5:30; (15) Sunday morning worship at 9:30 and celebratory lunch at noon. Please RSVP for catered lunch to email@example.com by Sept. 30; for more information visit fgmf.org
Story and Song Circle @ Home Street Mennonite Church: Participatory story tellers and singer song writers are invited to bring their original short stories and songs to a gathering of artistically inclined writers and musicians/singers to share around a circle for peer-led improvement. For details or to express your interest, contact Dan Dyck via firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Hope Mennonite Church, a partner in Crossways in Common, invites you to walk a mile in the shoes of someone living in poverty, particularly with some of the issues individuals and families face to make ends meet. Hope, along with our sister agency West Broadway Community Ministries, is encouraging anyone who is interested, to gather their colleagues, fellow students or faith-community members and form a team to participate in the Walk A Mile in My Shoes event on September 30 at 222 Furby Street. This is also a fundraiser for West Broadway Community Ministries. For more details, contact Josiah Neufeld at email@example.com or call Hope Mennonite Church at 204 786-5077."
Sie sind herzlich eingeladen am Sonntagmorgen um 7.30 Uhr (CFAM / CHSM / CJRB) Frohe Botschaft einzuschalten, eine Sendung die von Mennonite Church Manitoba produziert wird. Im Oktober werden Sie Rednerinnen und Redner aus verschiedenen Mennoniten Gemeinden in Winnipeg hören.
Please join us for Frohe Botschaft, a German language worship service produced by Mennonite Church Manitoba and broadcast on Sunday morning at 7:30 on CFAM / CHSM / CJRB. The speakers in October are from various Mennonite Churches in Winnipeg.
Related Org Announcements
“Are you a student at the University of Manitoba? Come check out the UofM Menno Office (room 102D University Centre) where all are welcome to come hang out, make new friends, reconnect with old friends, enjoy good food, music and conversations about faith, life and everyday stuff. A coffee house fundraiser is being held on September 30, 2017 at 7:30pm at Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship on 150 Bayridge Ave, Winnipeg. Come and learn more about the exciting ministry of the Inter-Mennonite Chaplaincy Association and the Menno Office and enjoy coffee, desserts, music and art! If you have questions please call 204-474-969.”
New donor engagement officer position open. Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana, is seeking a part-time (50 percent) development officer to qualify and cultivate new donors. Successful candidates will have experience in fundraising and/or higher education and an understanding of fundraising as ministry. This position is based in Elkhart and will require up to 50 percent travel. Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred. Position is open until filled. Visit www.ambs.ca/jobs to see a full job description and application instructions.
MCC Manitoba Bulletin Announcements for September 24, 2017
Special Event: Southern Africa Stories
September 27, 2017, 7 pm, 159 Henderson Hwy, Winnipeg
Join James and Joan Alty, Area Directors for Southern Africa, to hear stories of hope from the fields, homes and schools where MCC is working with local partners.
MCC Bolivia learning tour - There are 4 spots available on an MCC learning tour from February 11-28/18 to Bolivia. Learn about MCC's work at the Samuelito day-care, Indigenous Guarani community, with Mennonite Colonies and much more. Estimated cost $3000-3500. If you are interested in participating, contact Brad Reimer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-261-6381.
Is your church interested in hosting a Ten Thousand Villages event? Contact Lisa Toews at Winnipeg.email@example.com or call 204-261-0566 to discuss opportunities like fundraising for your cause, arranging an educational visit to a Ten Thousand Villages store, or hosting a guest speaker for your Sunday School class!
Portage MCC Furniture Plus welcomes applications for Furniture Plus Manager. For more information and application instructions, please visit mcccanada.ca/get-involved/serve/openings/furniture-plus-manager. Applications are accepted until September 25.
Canadian Mennonite University
1. sixpointeight is a NEW youth, peace event rooted in the call of Micah to ‘do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God’. High school youth from across Manitoba and beyond are invited for a day of worship, fun, learning, and community – motivating youth to be peace-builders in the way of Jesus. Be inspired by Kathy Giesbrecht and Lloyd Letkeman, and creative TED Talk-style presentations focused on Self, Neighbours, Creation, and God. Sunday, October 15, 2017 | 2:00–8:00 PM at CMU. Full details and online registration www.cmu.ca/sixpointeight.
2. You are invited to the Grand Opening of MHC Archives Launch-Reception-Lecture, Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 pm, in the Archives and Gallery at CMU. The Archives is entering a new chapter of its life as part of CMU and its owning partners, MC Canada and the Centre for Transnational Mennonite Studies via the Plett Foundation. You'll hear about new ways the Archives is connecting Mennonite and related communities to their histories. Royden Loewen will offer an engaging talk entitled ‘Hoax and Reality: Climate Change and the Mennonite Farmer in Global Context’. Light refreshments will be served.
3. Are you a person 55+ who values thoughtful teaching and conversation about faith and about the life of the church and issues facing us as Christians? If so, you’re encouraged to be part of CMU’s Xplore (an Enrichment program for seniors) with fall options on what the church in the global south can teach us; who young adults are today; the gospel of John; and the Jesuit worldview of Pope Francis. Go to cmu.ca/xplore for information.
Are you a person 55+ who values thoughtful teaching and conversation about faith and about the life of the church and issues facing us as Christians? If so, you’re encouraged to be part of CMU’s Xplore (an Enrichment program for seniors) with fall options in Winkler on Ephesians; reflecting on the Church in southern Manitoba; clothing the ‘naked Anabaptist’; and exploring a vision for the church in the book of Deuteronomy. Go to cmu.ca/xplore for information.
4. Grow your leadership at the workshop Better Decisions, Engaged Congregations: Facilitating Effective Decision-Making. This first of three Workshops for Pastors and Ministry and Congregational Leaders will be presented by Vonda Plett (PhD), President of Bricolage Leadership Development, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Saturday, September 30 in the CMU Conference Room. For more information see cmu.ca/cfl.
5. Support the MHC Gallery, a Gallery of CMU, by attending the MHC Gallery Annual Fundraiser, with guest speaker ‘Segun Olude, performer Bola Roiyomie, and gallery update by Ray Dirks. The event will be held Friday, September 29 at 7:30 PM. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-487-3300 ext 344. More information at cmu.ca/gallery. Also, plan to attend the opening of Yoruba art, culture, and Christian faith featured in the exhibition Colourful Faith by 'Segun Olude and Gibril Bangura on Sunday, September 24 at 2:30 PM and running until November 18 at the MHC Gallery.
6. CommonWord Bookstore and Resource Centre presents an evening with Dan Nighswander, pastor, author, and educator, Thursday, October 12, 7:00-8:30 PM at Marpeck Commons. Dan will be launching his new book 1 Corinthians, the latest volume in the Believers Church Bible Commentary series by MennoMedia. For more information about the book go to www.commonword.ca/go/1326.
First Mennonite Church Adult Education presents A Persistent Theology; an evening series engaging questions of power, authority, and faithfulness in the Mennonite Church. The series will begin with a public lecture on October 18 by Dr. Susanne Guenther Loewen entitled, “Can the Cross be ‘Good News’ for Women”. A reading group will run subsequent Wednesdays. All events will be held in the multi-purpose room of First Mennonite Church (922 Notre Dame Ave) and begin at 7:00pm.
Texts and information at https://criticalconversation.wordpress.com/.